Friday, November 23, 2012

New Release Reviews For IDW Publishing, for 21 November, 2012

Article first published as IDW Publishing - New Release Reviews For November 21, 2012 on Technorati.

There are several news bites about IDW Publishing and their licensed properties. IDW and SPUMCO, creators of Ren and Stimpy, have reached an agreement to republish all the original comic books published by Dark Horse, as well as previously unreleased materials.

Additionally, IDW  has announced that flagship title G.I. Joe is being relaunched. Not only is it being renumbered, but a new creative team is joining the fold. Following that, IDW is releasing a new issue of G.I. Joe: Snake Eyes as well as eight other new comics this week. Titles are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the very best possible. We take the time to read these books so your time isn't wasted. 

Frankenstein Alive! Alive! - Issue 2

Though the original tale of Frankenstein and his monster, Adam, is lumped into horror, it really was as much about the march of technology and its effects on humanity.

This mini-series captures much of that theme as it is extremely thoughtful and heart-wrenching. Add to that the phenomenal artwork by Bernie Wrightson and this a comic everyone should read.

Score: 9 out of 10

Judge Dredd - Issue 1

This series is a perfect example of the mayhem associated with prior Judge Dredd stories, with an emphasis on the theme of technology running amok.

Interior art is fine and the covers are excellent. And there's about twenty-four different covers to choose from.

Score: 7 out of 10

Adventures Of Augusta Wind - Issue 1

This series has an excellent look. The covers are interesting. The interior is stylish with vibrant coloring. The coloring of the font left some things to be desired. The story itself if fun and imaginative, with low peril making it more accessible for younger readers.

Score: 6.5 out of 10

G.I. Joe Snake Eyes - Issue 19

This story is very heavy in shifting allegiances and clandestine operations. It makes it hard to know where people stand which creates tension. Interior artwork is so sir tot great and sort of week. The covers are almost great. Though, some props should be given for the Purple Rain homage.

Score: 7 out of 10

Rocketeer : Cargo Of Doom - Issue 4

This series has been nice as it slowly expands the supporting cast, which has been refreshing. The dinosaur violence was kind of upsetting. Even then, character motives are ambiguous. The interior art is alright and the covers are awesome.

Score: 6 out of 10

Star Trek - Issue 15

This issue is, predominantly, a mirror-universe story. Well, maybe more like a post reboot, mirror universe.  Voices are right even if their motives are off. Everything is grey, here. No villains or heroes.

Still, it never feels completely like the original version. It still comes across as a reboot story. All of the art is adequate.

Score: 7 out of 10

Transformers: Robots In Disguise - Issue 11

This may be the best Transformers story, ever. It shows that politics can be far more violent than any war might be. Casualties are sudden, with a dark and violent backdrop. The artwork is excellent, as are the covers. Oh, and the greatest villain of all seems to be returning.

Score: 9 out of 10

Dungeons And Dragons: Forgotten Realms - Issue 5

Everything is bland about this series. The art and coloring are flat and rather confusing at times. The story is weak as it mostly is one long chase. Every has murky motives. The villains are boring. Even the font choices are lifeless.

Score: 5 out of 10

The Crow - Issue 5

The biggest shame about this new The Crow series is that it's rather boring. The character has always been challenging as, given he's now dead, he's very hard to kill. Which makes coming up with credible threats to be difficult.

The creative team was not successful here. The artwork is dull, as is the coloring. Some of the layouts are innovative.

Score: 4 out of 10

Lots of changes are afoot at IDW Publishing. What's not changing are some very solid comic books including Frankenstein Alive! Alive! and the new Transformers Robots In Disguise. Stop back next week for more New Release Reviews.